When people hear about Cameras4Change they are immediately drawn towards the idea of an organization that uses cameras! It’s fun, it’s creative, and we all pretty much love cameras and photography right? They want to know more, and often have questions as to the how and why. Sometimes folks wonder if it is really plausible to make a difference by doing something as basic as photography? Well…it is!
When students first hold a camera you will know right away by the smiles on their faces that they are excited to photograph with an actual camera, it is a very different experience from that of using a cell phone.
Cameras are almost our magic tool, shooting with them our secret weapon. We use them to connect with our participants, they connect with themselves, each other and us too. Photography as an art form can be very thearapuetic, a way to expand on self evaluation, explore your life, your hopes and dreams as well as advocate for yourself or your community.
These simple workshops allow for participants to experience an array of creative skill sets, and follow through naturally with what they are most attracted or adapted to. We often see group leaders and those that support them blossom when it comes to working in small groups. We also dialogue with the participants to allow them to develop and create something that is actually their vision. Not everyone is a natural photographer, but we also see some raw talent in the development of the program. At the end of a C4C Workshop everyone gets to experience the pride and joy of showcasing their work in a community exhibit, and that is a brilliant moment, the smiles, the pride in working together and creating a cultural experience…that is in fact “priceless”.
Whether you are 7 like Tenoch or 73 like Josefa, it is wonderful to create your own photos, because we all have a way of seeing things that is unique and special!